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30 Women Who Kicked Ass In 2013

Who run the world?

1. Malala Yousafzai, for fighting for human rights even after the Taliban's horrific attack on her:

2. Wendy Davis, for standing on her feet for 11 straight hours and filibustering an anti-abortion bill in Texas:

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3. Daisy Coleman, for bravely speaking up about her side of the Maryville rape media storm:

4. Gloria Steinem, for winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her career dedicated to women's rights:

5. Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, for going on a hunger strike over the conditions of the women's prison she was in:

6. Edith Windsor, for helping declare DOMA unconstitutional on June 26:

And releasing this beautiful video of her and her partner Thea's long life together.

7. Jennifer Lawrence, for saying this about body image:

8. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for being the first justice to officiate a same-sex wedding:

9. "Radical feminist" Nina Pillard, for being confirmed by the Senate as a Federal Court judge:

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She has been heavily compared to Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

10. Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira, who was the guiding force behind legalizing same-sex marriage in France:

11. Actress Mallika Sherawat, when she refused to cover up the serious problems women in India face for the sake of nationalistic pride.

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12. Melissa Harris-Perry, for ripping POLITICO writer Michelle Cottle when she called Michelle Obama a feminist nightmare:

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13. Evan Rachel Wood, for commenting on the double standards female sexuality faces in the media.

14. The cast and crew behind Orange Is The New Black, for providing so many new female voices in television:

15. Mindy Kaling, for this interview in Parade Magazine.

16. Mikki Kendall, for starting the popular Twitter hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen.

17. Femen, for staging protests around the world for women's rights:

18. Beyoncé, for the feminist album she just came out with.

19. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, for giving this incredible TED talk about feminism (later sampled in a Beyoncé song):

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20. Kelly Martin Broderick for making We Are What Feminists Look Like, after having her own photo fat-shamed:

21. Senator Elizabeth Warren, for her response to the Republicans' Government Shutdown threats:

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"The single most important issue facing our nation is to change the law so that employers can deny women access to birth control coverage. In fact, letting employers decide whether they can get birth control covered on their insurance plans is so important that the Republicans are willing to shutter the government and potentially tank the economy."

22. Anna Gunn, for writing an article about the misogyny her character in Breaking Bad faced from some fans of the show:

23. Zerlina Maxwell, for her appearance on Fox News where she talked about the true root of sexual assault.

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And fiercely disputed the argument that women should carry weapons to prevent rape.

24. Elizabeth Smart, for refusing to be known as a victim and publishing a book about her abduction 10 years ago:

25. Hillary Clinton for vowing to keep fighting for women's rights at a public appearance in April:

26. Raven-Symone, for coming out as a lesbian after the legalization of same-sex marriage in more US states:

27. Natalie Portman, for her interview in Elle UK:

28. Alice Munro, for winning the Nobel Prize for Literature and giving this lovely interview:

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"I never knew about the word "feminism," but of course I was a feminist."

29. Charlotte Laws, for writing this brave piece about her work as an anti-revenge porn activist:

30. The NYC Girls Project, for starting this empowering ad campaign around the city: